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The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock (1973)

A look at Alfred Hitchcock's films. The Master of Suspense himself, who is interviewed extensively here, shares stories including his deep-seated fear of policemen, elaborates on the ... See full summary »

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A look at Alfred Hitchcock's films. The Master of Suspense himself, who is interviewed extensively here, shares stories including his deep-seated fear of policemen, elaborates on the difference between shock and suspense, defines the meaning of "MacGuffin," and discusses his use of storyboarding in designing a film. Clips from many of his greatest films (including "North by Northwest", "Shadow of a Doubt", "The Birds", and the legendary shower scene from "Psycho") illustrate his points, often to Hitchcock's own voice-over observations, with narrator Cliff Robertson offering other critical insights. Written by filmfactsman

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Fair documentary, with a tendency to give away endings.
13 June 2000 | by quixotismSee all my reviews

A fair, albeit overly glossy, "documentary" that avoids any substantial critical information or valuable historical information. I have trouble placing it. If it is to be considered as a clip reel, it is not a great one. The AFI tribute to Hitchcock is much more entertaining, for those purposes. As is Dial H For Hitchcock, a recent doc narrated by Kevin Spacey. However, all of these fail as an introduction to the Master of Suspense largely because they tend to spoil the endings of his films.

Reading Truffaut's book will do any potential viewers much better.


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